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Reblogging from Rochester author, C.H. Armstrong’s website. Enter to win a FREE ADVANCE COPY of her debut novel, The Edge of Nowhere.

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Yesterday I sent out a newsletter to my readers announcing a contest to win a FREE COPY of my book, The Edge of Nowhere in e-book format.  Today, I’m announcing it to the world!

Be one of the first to read this novel!  Here are the details:


Now, since I realize all y’all don’t own e-readers (and some of you prefer “real books” in your hands), you’ll have a choice of EITHER an advance reader’s copy of THE EDGE OF NOWHERE in e-book format, or “The Edge of Nowhere Coffee Mug.” YOU DECIDE whether you’d prefer to enter the drawing for the free e-book OR the coffee mug!



Here’s how it works!

  • You MUST be a subscriber to this e-mail Newsletter to…

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Book Review: Mind of the Phoenix

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phoenix-webThere is truly nothing I love more in a book than one that surprises me.  Late last night I finished Jamie McLachlan’s, Mind of the Phoenix, and to say that this book surprised me is a complete understatement.  I was not only surprised, but very pleasantly so.  Let me explain.

Jamie is a friend of mine — we both have our first books coming out by Penner Publishing this year or early next.  Even even before I knew Jamie, I wanted to read her book because the title and premise sounded interesting.  And then I met Jamie online, found that I really liked her, and then offered to read and review her book.  And that’s when the worry set in.  Jamie writes Speculative Science Fiction.  Translated, that means that she writes the kind of books that I often don’t enjoy.  I’m too firmly based in the real world to…

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Banned Books: Steinbeck & the The Library Bill of Rights

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Good morning!  Today is Day Six of Banned Books Week, and I’m back with one of my favorite books of all time:  The Grapes of Wrath!

Of course I’d have to address this book!  In fact, I’m sure you were expecting it.  When my own book takes place in the same era and also addresses victims of the Dust Bowl, how could I possibly not shout out to Steinbeck, the Joad family, and all Okies out there?!

But first, a disclaimer:  By mentioning The Grapes of Wrath alongside my own novel, The Edge of Nowhere, I am in no way making comparisons.  Though my novel is set during the same era and was, in many ways, inspired by Steinbeck’s novel, there is just no comparison.  Nobody could compare to Steinbeck.  He was a master at his craft.  He seemed to intuitively understand human nature, and all of his…

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Banned Books Week Day 5: Judy Blume

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Today marks Day Five of Banned Books Week, and how could we possibly come close to finishing out the week without commenting on one of the most well-loved and most-challenged author for several decades running:  Judy Blume.

If you were ever a child (and isn’t that every one of us), then Judy Blume’s name is at least familiar to you.  She wrote the books that helped many of us get through adolescence.  She was the adult in our lives who told us that our experiences were normal!  She told us about the facts of life, and she told them to us straight.  And we appreciated and loved her for it.  But, for her efforts, she’s been one of the most challenged authors ever.

My childhood would not have been complete without many of Blume’s books.  She was part of the “village” that raised me.  Among my favorites were:

  • Are You…

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Banned Books Day 4: Captain Underpants!

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Here we are at day four of Banned Books Week!  Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite books written for young readers:  Captain Underpants!

Really?  Captain Underpants?  Yes!  Captain Underpants!  I love these books!  I loved them roughly fifteen years ago when my daughter (now 19) brought the first one home and, since then, I’ve loved every one I’ve seen.  I couldn’t wait until my 11 year-old son was ready for them!

Artwork by author Dave Pilkey to celebrate his character's love of reading and banned books Artwork by author Dav Pilkey to celebrate his character’s love of reading and banned books

Why do I like them?  Because they’re funny, and because they capture the interests of young and reluctant readers.  I remember sitting up late one night with my mother-in-law — long after my daughter had gone to bed — as we laughed so hard we cried over some of the antics of Pilkey’s characters.  They were…

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Good morning!  Today I return to my favorite subject and the topic for this week: Banned and Challenged Books!  Can there be any better topic for discussion ever?

To_Kill_a_MockingbirdJust about anyone who knows me at all knows that my favorite book in the entire world is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I’ve said many times that this book — more than any other influence in my life — shaped the person I am today.  The lessons of tolerance, acceptance and understanding are deeply ingrained in the adult I have become; and I owe a huge debt to Ms. Lee and my high school English teachers for those lessons.

To Kill a Mockingbird has been widely challenged in the 50-odd years since its publication.  Before we can understand why it’s been challenged, first let me tell you a little about the book for those who haven’t read it.

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In honor of Banned Books Week, I have decided to dedicate this entire week to celebrating banned and challenged books.

The_Immortal_Life_Henrietta_Lacks_(cover)This morning as I was trying to decide which topic or book to cover in celebration of challenged and banned books, I ran across an article that completely shocked me.  Just in time for this week’s celebration, a parent in Tennessee has challenged one of the best books I’ve ever read:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

First let me tell you that I don’t like non-fiction in general.  With that said, I will now tell you that Henrietta Lacks is not only non-fiction, but is also one of the most memorable books in my overflowing library of books I’ve read.  Knowing this about me should tell you that it must be a really wonderful book to be on my list of best books ever.

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